IIW Annual Report 2021

THOMAS MEDAL Sponsored by the American Welding Society

Rewards an individual who has been involved in IIW/ISO international standards activities and can deliver a lecture on the incorporation of global studies into the standardisation for welding technologies

Mr Walter Sperko Walter J. Sperko, P.E., has a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and has worked in the welding industry since 1969. At the suggestion of Glenn Ziegenfuss, he volunteered in 1995 to be an ISO observer to CEN/TC 121/ SC 2. His task was to align the US and ISO/CEN materials grouping systems. That goal was achieved with the publication of ISO/TR 15608 in 2005. Since then he has attended meetings of ISO TC44 and many of its Subgroups representing ANSI as Technical Expert and HOD. He played a major role in alignment of ISO 9606-1:2012 and ISO 14732:2012 with the personnel qualification requirements of ASME Section IX. He was also instrumental in getting the Vienna Agreement changed from CEN-lead to ISO-lead; as a result, all revisions and most projects in ISO TC44 today are ISO-lead. He is chairman of TC44 SC11 on personnel qualification and TC44 SC10 WG5 on qualification of welding procedures. He has been a member of ASME Section IX committee since 1979 and is a past chair of that committee. Since 1981, he has taught engineers and technicians around the globe how to efficiently comply with the requirements ASME Section IX. He has also published articles annually in The Welding Journal summarising and explaining the changes in new editions of ASME Section IX so that those who build boilers, pressure vessels and piping would understand the requirements more easily. He continues to seek common ground between CEN, ISO and US standards to bring those standards closer together.

YOSHIAKI ARATA AWARD Sponsored by the Japanese Delegation

To an individual whose outstanding achievements in fundamental research in welding-related science and technology have been recognised as significant contributions to the progress of welding engineering

Prof. Américo Scotti Américo Scotti holds a BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineer (Brazil) and PhD in Welding Technology (Cranfield University, UK). He has been involved with welding since 1981, working for universities, as well as two years in an industry research center (Praxair). He took an early retirement as full professor at Federal University of Uberlandia (Brazil), where he was the scientific coordinator of the Center for Research and Development of Welding Processes. He has been for the last six years serving as professor at University West (Sweden). Supervising several students and publising a number of articles in specialised journals. He held position as Director of the Brazilian Welding Society and a seat in the executive council of the Brazilian ANB. Scotti has a served on the IIW Technical Management Board and Board of Directors, and for two terms was chair of the Study Group for Welding Research Strategy and Collaboration which sponsored a series of Welding Research Colloquia around the world. He is currently one of the four Technical Editors of Welding in the World.



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